Kyocera Announces Promotions, Succession Plan

Kyocera on Tuesday announced a leadership succession plan at its North American headquarters that will result in three executive promotions. Effective April 1, Rodney N. Lanthorne, currently president of Kyocera International, Inc. (“KII”), Kyocera’s North American headquarters and holding company, will assume the responsibility of vice chairman of KII’s board of directors. Lanthorne, 64, will relinquish his responsibility as KII president effective March 31. He will continue in his other corporate responsibilities, which include serving as a director of Kyocera Corp. of Kyoto, Japan, the group’s global headquarters and parent company.

John S. Rigby, formerly president of Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corp., will succeed Lanthorne as president of KII, effective April 1. In preparation for the transition, Rigby, 54, will relocate to San Diego. He has assumed the role of KII president-elect effective Jan. 1, 2010, reporting to Lanthorne, and will continue in his other corporate responsibilities as an executive officer of Kyocera Corp.

David M. Williams, formerly vice president of KICC’s Cutting Tools Division, has been promoted to KICC president, effective Jan. 1, reporting to Lanthorne and Rigby. Williams, 50, remains based at KICC’s Mountain Home, N.C., facility. He will continue in his responsibilities as general manager, Cutting Tools Division, during a transitional period.

“John Rigby and David Williams have more than 50 years of combined experience in building strong business operations while embracing Kyocera’s core values,” Lanthorne said. “Their thorough knowledge of Kyocera products, technologies and ‘customer-first’ principles will support our continued success in North America.”

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